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By Arthur B Van Gundy

Inventive challenge fixing (CPS) is a six-step approach designed to aid humans systematically unravel nonroutine, ambiguous varieties of difficulties. simply because such a lot organizational difficulties are typically nonroutine, ability in utilizing CPS procedure can confer an important aggressive virtue. inventive challenge fixing offers education managers the knowledge they should increase and educate a path on CPS. VanGundy offers an summary of the method, parts of the artistic weather had to foster CPS and cutting edge pondering, artistic pondering routines designed to demonstrate particular CPS ideas, and easy-to-follow descriptions of confirmed idea-generated tools.

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In working with CPS groups, one of my most difficult tasks as a facilitator is to encourage individuals to consider the positive aspects of all ideas before evaluating them. To be closed to new ideas is to live in the past, while trying to solve problems in the present for the future. 2. Curiosity. Like young children, creative people constantly ask questions about their environments. Solving problems creatively requires that many different questions be asked. Supposedly, one reason Albert Einstein 26 Creative Problem Solving achieved so many insights was his ability to ask a lot of different questions.

Delegate responsibilities. In general, people can be more creative when they perceive themselves to have some degree of control over their j o b s . It is very difficult to be creative when you constantly are burdened with minute details. If you spend all of your time "stamping out small fires," you never will develop an effective strategy for managing fires. You must have some freedom to do planning, even if it is a small amount of time. T h e best way to allow yourself this freedom is to delegate as much responsibility as you can.

To be perceived as having a positive climate, an organization may need to tolerate what often are viewed as unconven- 24 Creative Problem Solving tional ideas. Individual differences among people usually assure that not everyone in an organization will propose similar types of ideas. These differences must be respected. Moreover, these differences should be viewed as a valuable resource. Because people have different ways of looking at situations, different problem perspectives can be provided.

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